Reporters Without Borders and ActiveWatch condemn the aggression of PSD Cluj president against journalists

The Cluj Press Professionals Association requests the PSD president, Viorica Dăncilă, through an open letter, to intervene in order to restore a decent communication between the PSD Cluj and the representatives of the press.

Since his installation as interim president of the PSD Cluj, according to the signatories of the letter, Liviu Alexa has used on the site ziardecluj.ro, that he owns, a vulgar and aggressive language against some journalists from Cluj city – expressions reproduced in the open letter, together with similar actions from the period prior to his political identity. Moreover, in a reply to this open letter Liviu Alexa uses even more offensive language against the members of the Cluj Press Professionals Association.

Reporters Without Borders and its Romanian partner, ActiveWatch, support the protest of journalists in Cluj and consider that the offensive language used by the leader of PSD Cluj is incompatible with that of the representative of a political institution. Moreover, as PSD is a ruling party, the aggressiveness of the language of a PSD leader constitutes a direct threat to the freedom of expression in Romania, an incompatible and unacceptable situation in a country that aspires to the status of European democracy.

Therefore, our associations are calling for an urgent public statement of the national leadership of the PSD regarding the behavior of Liviu Alexa, interim president of the PSD Cluj.

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